Mare Martin holds a BFA in painting and printmaking from the University of Louisiana. She also studied at the Haystack School of Crafts in Maine on a scholarship and at the Cardiff College of Art in Wales on a graduate fellowship. Her professional awards include grants from the National Endowment of the Arts and the Louisiana Division of the Arts for a mid-career retrospective and an ARTSpark grant for a thirty-five year retrospective at the Acadiana Center for the Arts. Martin created the site-specific public artwork “Earth, Water, Fire, Air” for the glass wall at the former site of the Lafayette Regional Airport.
She is inspired by the forms and dynamics of the plant, animal and mineral realms and their connection with the Earth, Heavens, Seasons and Elements. Her work is a celebration and visual translation of individual and archetypal manifestations of Nature.
She has lived and worked in Louisiana, New Mexico, Wales, Spain, Canada and Morocco and has exhibited nationally and internationally. She currently lives and works in Opelousas, LA
I was born in South Louisiana of Cajun descent and grew up on a small Farm. My father worked for the Department of Agriculture and my whole family of seven took part in a full farming and gardening experience. This environment instilled in me a passionate love of Nature. This passion has extended its life and expression through Art and both continue to live together. I feel that a connection with Nature is important for the expansion of the soul, especially feelings of wonder and appreciation. Although art is my primary focus, I consider gardening as a necessary activity for the development of subject matter and idea as well as for the vitality of my own nature and philosophy.
I expand my art circle by attending gallery openings and other art related events for my own pleasure and education and to support fellow artists.
What value do you see in having a creative community?
Creativity is always expansive in any venue. Creative events can expand personal creativity by inspiration.
How does your artistic approach contribute to your community?
My artistic approach is different in some ways from the genres that are prevalent in the area. My work offers diversity in new ways of looking at and experiencing Nature as subject matter along with attention to environmental concerns. Exhibiting and teaching are my main contributions.
Our weekly Art Circle series profiles artists throughout the community and is sponsored in part by Lafayette Visitor Enterprise Fund managed by Lafayette Travel